The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in the Nineties: An Example of Incremental Innovations in an Ongoing Longitudinal Study

22 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2010

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Gert G. Wagner

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Berlin University of Technology; German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)

Date Written: December 2009

Abstract

The main aim of the present paper is to historically reappraise the development of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) in the 1990s after the first six waves had been collected. This development was closely connected to the opening of the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe and the fall of the Wall separating the two German states. In addition to its relevance for the SOEP, this study is also of interest in relation to the contemporary history of science.

Keywords: SOEP, German Unification, Immigration Studies, Research Governance, Survey Methods

JEL Classification: B23, C89, Y50

Suggested Citation

Wagner, Gert G., The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in the Nineties: An Example of Incremental Innovations in an Ongoing Longitudinal Study (December 2009). SOEPpaper No. 257, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1533390 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1533390

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